Summer Hours Announced

Starting Monday, May 1, the University shifts to its summer schedule. The general hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All offices must be staffed during these hours.

Employees are expected to fulfill their usual full-time or part-time obligations. Your actual work schedule must be approved by your supervisor. Regular office hours resume on Monday, August 14.

Campus Forum Available for Streaming

Last Thursday's campus forum is available for viewing at this link (ISO authentication is required).

The stream will be available for one week.

New Brand Guide Website

The Michigan Tech Brand Guide is now online. Digital Services created the site based on the PDF document. In addition to the new format, there are two additional pages of content centered on messaging tactics. Questions and feedback are welcome, email brand@mtu.edu

Memorial Union Closed

The Memorial Union will be closed Monday, May 1 so that staff can attend the Auxiliary Services annual Professional Development Day. This includes the North Coast Grill and Deli and the Campus Bookstore. The building will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 2 with regular summer operating hours.

IT Systems Unavailable May 3

Information Technology will perform a system change at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. This time coincides with a partial campus power outage. Read power outage Tech Today story for information.

Between  7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3
and 1 a.m. Thursday, May 4, many IT systems will be down, including Banner, MyMichiganTech, ImageNow, TechTracs, Confluence, Footprints, ServiceDesk and some departmental-specific services. Other services such as mtu.edu and personal websites will experience short periods of unavailability.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.

Huskies Wrap Up Weekend at GVSU Al Owens Invitational

The Michigan Tech men's and women's track and field teams closed the weekend at the Al Owens Invitational on Saturday which was hosted by Grand Valley State University. The men finished eighth in the team standings while the women ended the meet in 15th place in the final standings.

Ashley Veale highlighted the weekend for the Tech women by placing sixth in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Veale hit the line in a time of 1:03.20 and was just a couple seconds off the first place pace which was set by Madison Arnouts of Northwood (Mich.) who won the event with a time of 1:01.70.

The Huskies had two top ten finishes in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase with Robyn Holmes landing in the No. 8 spot overall. Holmes recorded a time of 12:02.38 when she reached the finish line. Teammate Carly Huggins was 10th in the event standings thanks to a time of 12:16.82.

Shane McGrath powered the Tech men with a seventh place finish in the 110 Meter Hurdles, covering the distance in 15.33 seconds. McGrath was 8th in the preliminaries out of 33 competitors to get himself into the finals which featured just nine contenders.

McGrath then moved up one spot in the 400 Meter Hurdles to take home sixth place in that race. McGrath's time of 55.68 was just over two seconds behind TJ Burnett of GVSU who outpaced the field with a time of 52.55 seconds.

The 3000 Meter Steeplechase featured two Huskies in the top ten, led by Nate Carey who claimed second place followed by Ethan Norstog in nine place. Carey recorded of time of 9:43.58 while Norstog checked in with a time of 10:05.51.

Tech had a strong weekend in field events starting with Keith Lemley who tied for fourth in the Pole Vault with a mark of 4.56m. Riley Roquet landed just outside the top ten with a mark of 4.16m, tying him for 13th place.

In the Long Jump, Chad Brown notched 10th place with a leap of 6.18m and in the Triple Jump two more Huskies boasted top ten finishes. Ben Mahonen was fourth with a jump of 12.52m while Hunter Warden claimed seventh place after covering a distance of 11.76m.

Kyle Peterman capped the field events for Tech by garnering eight points in the team standings with a second place performance in the Discus Throw. Peterman's toss traveled 52.22m, enabling him to edge out Justin Scavarda for the No. 2 spot in the standings.

The Huskies will be back on track as a team beginning Thursday at the Gina Relays hosted by Hillsdale College. The three-day meet will wrap up on Saturday.

Geoseminar: Paleoseismology in Steep Terrain

Derek Rust, from the University of Portsmouth, UK, will present "Paleoseismology in steep terrain" from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 26) in Dow 610.

This talk will outline examples of paleoseismological work on the Talas-Fergana fault in the Tien Shan mountains of central Asia, and on the San Andreas fault in the Transverse Ranges of southern California, with the aim of identifying potential opportunities in such settings.

Reminders

Campus Store Book Buyback

The Campus Store will run the spring semester book buyback and rental return today (April 24) through Friday (April 28).

The book buyback will be in the Datolite room on the first floor of the Memorial Union Building, just outside the Campus Store.

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Master's Defense — Sushant Kolipaka

Biomedical engineering student Sushant Kolipaka will present his Master's Defense at 11 a.m. today (April 24) in Chem Sci 102.

His defense is titled "Identification of NO Generating Decomposition Product of Ascorbic Acid."

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Army and Army ROTC Retirement Social for LTC Adam Melnitsky and Major Jason Engler

This spring, the commanders of both the Army and Air Force ROTC detachments will complete their tours of duty on the Michigan Tech campus.

The College of Sciences and Arts is marking Lieutenant Colonel Adam Melnitsky and Major Jason Engler's retirement from 3 to 4 p.m. today (April 24) in the conference room in the ROTC Building. 

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Retirement Social for Paul Buda

The School of Technology invites the campus community to a retirement social for Paul Buda from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 25) in the Alumni Lounge (107) of the Memorial Union Building. 

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Register for Technology Day

Technology Day, sponsored by Staff Council, provides opportunities for staff to improve their technical skills and knowledge through technology training sessions. The sessions are led by Michigan Tech staff and provide development in a peer-to-peer environment.

This year there will be four sessions. Technology Day will be Wednesday, May 3. Register by Thursday (April 27).

For details on Technology Day, read previous Tech Today article.

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Annual Steam Shutdown to Begin April 30

Noon Sunday, April 30 — Noon Friday, May 5 (tentative weather pending).

Buildings Affected: Admin, AOB, ROTC,  R.L Smith (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rosza, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Place, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, Gates.

Read the original Tech Today story.

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Facilities Management Annual Utility Outages

Facilities Power Outages May 3-5

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 — 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4 —  6 a.m. Friday, May 5

Buildings Affected: Hillside Place, EERC, Daniell Heights, Lakeshore Center, DHH, ATDC, Wads, Dow, McNair, Rozsa, GLRC, Walker, Central Htg. Plant, Football Stadium/Lights, Facilities Bldg.

Buildings with power, but no internet or phone: Honors House, University Residence, Ski Hill, IT/Facilities Warehouse, First Merit Bank, AERB (Hancock).

Note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug­-in appliances and plug-­in equipment will not operate during the outage. Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. on the days of the outage. There will be several buildings that will have power but no phone or internet service. For more information, read the original Tech Today story.

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Foundational English Summer Program

The Foundational English Program will take place May 8 through June 16. This program is designed for people who would like to learn English in order to become professionals in the community or eventually pursue a higher education. Graduate students' spouses or family members are welcome.

For more information, and how to enroll, read previous Tech Today article.

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Register for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 13. A flyer detailing the activities is available to view online. Register here before Tuesday, May 9.

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SDC Summer Hours

SDC summer hours begin Sunday, April 30 and can be found online. 

In Print

Adam Feltz (CLS) co-authored a paper titled "Measuring Graph Literacy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." It will appear in Cambridge University Press's Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing.

In the News

Simon Carn (GMES) was an author of "Volcanic Eruptions and Their Repose, Unrest, Precursors and Timing (ERUPT)," published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. 

Not only was Carne an author, he served with 11 other volcanologists and scienctists on the Committee on improving Understanding of Volcanic Eruptions that prepared the report. Read more here.

IT Connect

Reminder About XP Support on Campus

Windows XP was released in 2001 and was officially supported by Microsoft until April 2014. While it continues to work in some areas, its lack of security updates has caused it to become incompatible with modern security protocols. Effective May 8, the campus VPN and many campus websites (such as mtu.edu, banweb, MyMichiganTech, Canvas, etc) will no longer work from Windows XP machines.

If you are still using Windows XP, contact IT to discuss your needs. In many cases, these machines are isolated to single-function lab machines. These will continue to function but will not be able to access the campus VPN, campus storage and many websites both on and off campus.

Where possible, upgrades to Windows 10 can be done to update systems to a supported version of Windows.

For any questions, contact it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.